Let the new season begin! I have no special expectations for the team this year, so I am looking forward to seeing the new group of kids. Of course there's still Jonathan Taylor so there's that, but lots of new faces on D this year. It's very hot and humid in Tampa tonight so hopefully the kids are hydrated! F 'EM BUCKY!!
I am totally with you on Coan and Mertz. I kind of hate to throw a freshman to the wolves but in reality is a green freshman a worse than what Coan will give us? I say get him out there. Has Cryst said anything about maybe playing him in a few games and then redshirt Mertz? I also agree that they cannot expect Taylor to get 200 yards a game. But, I do think that if teams have to respect the Badgers QB (even a little) that will open up big things for Taylor.
I am very concerned in a couple of weeks when they play Michigan. The Badgers got absolutely dominated last year and while they turned over a number of players you know the Wolverines will have good athletes and a defense that will get after the Badgers. Wish UW had a few more games under their belt before having to play those guys. Hope the HFA is a factor otherwise it could get ugly.
It wasn't so much that they got dominated. It was that the QB play (or the passing game was so inept) that it handicapped them badly. It was 13-7 game at the half and 3 of Michigan's points came after a Hornibrook pick when the defense got a stop and forced a FG deep in Wisconsin territory. It was still 21-7 with about 10 minutes left and it was Badgers' ball. Then Hornibrook threw a pick 6 and the rest of the game was garbage time. Maybe the Badgers weren't going to win even with good QB...
Michigan, great analysis. I for one think Hornibrook had some moments but he also has been THE reason recent Badgers teams lost in big spots. Case in point when he was up against the OSU defense. Yes, OSU has better athletes but they were competitive outside of the QB position. I was there in person and Hornibrook missed wide open receivers and threw balls in to the backs of others he was horrible. I just wish the Michigan game was a night game.
Sorry- that’s exactly what I was afraid of with Coan. Cephus wide open, should have been 6. You spend two series setting up that play call, and the ****ing QB overthrows it by 5 yards. Not even a chance.
It's possible that Mertz was overhyped and needs more time to develop. Most of us have no idea how he looked in practice. If Mertz was clearly better in practice and Christ decided to play Coan because he was the veteran, it sends a message that the process was more important than putting the best team on the field.
I think you're spot on MP2. From what I had heard in interviews etc, he just wasn't quite ready yet. 4 star or not, there's a bunch more to handle at the next level. I am excited as anyone, but I also would rather it be 'the right time' than shatter his confidence.
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